Five Days (2007– )

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A five-part miniseries that revolves around the disappearance of a young mother in a quiet British suburb and the circumstances that leave her children abandoned far from home.

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 Ibra Akram (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Colly Trent (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Sarah Wheeler (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Defne 'Tops' Topcu / ... (4 episodes, 2007)
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 John Poole (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Victor Marsham (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Matt Wellings (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Kyle Betts (4 episodes, 2007)
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 PC Simone Farnes (4 episodes, 2007)
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 DSI Iain Barclay (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Didi Mputu (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Sohel Hussain (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Maureen Hardy (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Supt Jim Carpenter (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Ethan Wellings (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Rosie Wellings (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Hazel Betts (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Danielle Miller (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Dr Haydar (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Farid Sardar (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Mr. Hassan (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Emma Opie (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Stylist (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Daf Parry (2 episodes, 2007)
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The story begins one hot summers day when Leanne Wellings is taking her two young children to visit her grandfather. She stops to buy flowers at a motorway lay-by but then inexplicably vanishes -- leaving her two small children waiting for her in her car -- lost and far from home. Her two small children then set off to find her only to go missing themselves. Their ordeal is captured on CCTV cameras and before long the family's heart-stopping trauma is not only a complex police investigation but a major national news story. Written by Anonymous

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A very good character drama that is sadly not quite as good as an investigation
24 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is the middle of the day when Leanne Wellings stops to buy flowers by the roadside on her way to see her grandfather with her children. The children are in the car when Leanne goes missing. The kids abandon the car and search for her and it is many hours before grandfather Victor calls the police. Later that night Leanne's husband Matt and his stepdaughter Tanya raise the alarm properly and a missing persons investigation is launched headed up by DSI Barclay as the family implodes with hope and worry.

Following on from the success of previous BBC/HBO crossover The State Within, this next joint effort was really pushed by the BBC, which maybe helped it get ratings but perhaps didn't help it when you look at the approach it takes across all five hours. The story is engaging but you do need to understand that it is not a cop thriller but rather a character story that is as much based on the mystery as it is on the emotional and personal impact on all those involved. I say this because I know many viewers were disappointed with this approach and I think it may have been because they assumed that the hype meant it would blow everyone away. And of course it didn't but what it did do was effortlessly draw me into the people and have me caring about everyone involved.

Thus this is one of those dramas where it is not all about the resolution as it is about the overall drama. This is a good thing because the characters are all pretty well written throughout the five selected days and they are convincingly developed or broken as we meet them each time. This worked really well for me and the cast respond well to it. Some have seemingly stock characters with things going on outside this story while others are right in the middle of the pain and loss. Oyelowo turns in yet another strong performance as the husband and his emotional range in the character is impressive, but he is far from being the whole show. Wilton and Malahide both work well together as the parents. I didn't totally think Smart made her character work and, as much as I like Amuka-Bird as an actress, I'm not sure it helped anyone to have her walking round constantly with an air of surrogate grief. Bonneville is solid while Bonnard, McTeer and others are strong. The child performances are mostly good although Dryzek is the strongest of the three and stands up very well alongside the adult cast. Woodward is good but not given as much to do as I would have hoped.

The downside of this approach though is that the actual story of the crime and the investigation is not as good as it perhaps should have been. Too often things rely on coincidence to move the case forward and I didn't like the way that many things happened while the characters are all within spitting distance of it – I appreciate the town is supposed to be small but not that small! The conclusion to the disappearances may also bug some viewers because it is in keeping with the way that it unfolded and, in my opinion, not that satisfying or convincing.

Overall then a very good character drama that is sadly not quite as good as an investigation. The cast all rise to the material and are roundly good with the script. I'm glad I watched it because I did enjoy it but it is not as perfect as some of the gushing reviews around would suggest.


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